2018 Chair of the Board
Executive Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer, AT&T Inc.
John Stephens is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, with responsibility for financial planning, corporate development, accounting, tax, auditing, treasury, investor relations, and corporate real estate for AT&T Inc. John was appointed to his current position in June 2011.
Previously, John served as Senior Vice President and Controller, with responsibility for all financial reporting and operational reporting, accounting policy, business planning, and regulatory reporting for AT&T. In that capacity, he also served as Chief Financial Officer for the Diversified Services business unit and had responsibility for all corporate tax and shared services. He was named to that position in November 2001.
Prior to serving as Controller, John served as Vice President-Taxes, where he oversaw all corporate tax matters, a position to which he was appointed in August 2000. He previously served as Managing Director-Taxes, where he had similar corporate tax responsibilities. He was named to that position in 1995.
John joined the company as Director-Federal Taxes in St. Louis in 1992. Prior to joining the company, he served as a Tax Senior Manager with Ernst & Young LLP in St. Louis. His career also includes service as a member of the tax staff of Peat Marwick & Mitchell in Kansas City.
Stephens earned his B.S.B.A. degree in accounting from Rockhurst University in Kansas City. He also holds a J.D. degree from Saint Louis University’s Law School. He has served on the Board of Directors of América Móvil, an international provider of telecommunications services, and currently serves on the audit committee of the board of directors of a large privately held retailer. John is chair of the Dallas Regional Chamber and serves as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors of the United Way of Dallas. He also serves as a Board Member for Catholic Charities of Dallas and has served on the boards of numerous educational and social service organizations.
John and his wife, Michele, have been married 36 years and have six children.